1st Look
alejandro alcocer talks about brown café and a few of the simple and amazing dishes they serve. but the macaroni & four cheeses seems to be the favorite.


ABC 7 Eyewitness News
with the weather cold outside there's nothing more comforting than a good meal. and a local restaurant is doing that with food from our area.


TimeOut New York
A tiny, upscale neighborhood joint with elegant wood paneling and a minimalist-chic aesthetic, the small space offers an extensive menu filled with seasonal, farm-fresh dishes. We tuck into a solid meal of baked eggs with Italian sausage, roasted peppers, leeks and mozzarella, served with greens and roasted potatoes. More.. [PDF]

The New Yorker Magazine
it's been said that people look like their dogs, but they can also take after their restaurants. for instance, at brunch on a recent sunday afternoon at brown café there was not a blond in sight. More..

The New York Times
from the bay window seats at brown, the street life of a neighborhood in transition plays itself out. hasidic men pass by on Hester Street on the lower east side, heading east toward gertel's bakery and the accordion shop on essex street. chinese women shepherd groups of children west, back home from playing in seward park. recently arrived hipsters stop in for coffee. More..

Newsday.com
everybody knows new yorkers take their coffee seriously. so when the free daily metro newspaper AM NewYork deemed the java at brown café to be the city's best, we had to wonder: could it be? we asked the review crew to stop in for a cup. More..

WhereTheLocalsEat.com
attention to detail makes this cozy neighborhood spot special, as farm-to-table ingredients ensure quality breakfasts, popular specialty sandwiches and eye-opening coffee. owner alejandro alcocer even built the wooden tables and chairs himself.. More..

Life With Food and Drink
a true gem at brown café: It's a charming, tiny spot in a rather gritty and obscure neighborhood, a friendly haven off the street. Unique, rough wood tables flanked by benches populated the small room, and we sat in a sunny, large table at the window . More..

Yelp.com
my meal looked, tasted and felt healthy. i had the soft boiled eggs which came with roasted potatoes and slices of toasted bread. i added the granola to round out my meal. More..